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Title [en]
Traces of oblivion: Identity, Heritage and Memory in the Wake of a Nationalistic Turn
Abstract [en]
This interdisciplinary research project aims to investigate the role of oblivion in the construction of memory, heritage and identity, with focus on post-soviet Russian literature and on the European politics of memory, heritage and identity in regard to Poland, Estonia, Denmark and Sweden. For the last decade the politics of memory and heritage have seen a nationalistic turn, in particular in the post-Soviet countries, but also in Sweden and Denmark. This phenomenon has mainly been treated from the viewpoint of the construction of social and cultural memory, from how the memory of the past is narrated and transmitted. This project meets the need to conduct a critical study of how memory is understood in these discussions and not only how it is politically instrumentalized. Thereby we intend to clarify the mechanisms through which the construction of memory, heritage and identity has contributed to the formation of retrograde and proto-fascist discourses and to the activation of nationalistic discourses in relation to identity politics. The critical point with which we will examine memory and heritage studies is the notion and experience of oblivion and the main purpose is to explore what memory has to forget in order to preserve a past and consolidate a heritage. Its central theoretical hypothesis is that memory and heritage are built on the basis of a work of oblivion and that oblivion has both a conservative potential for the past, and a transformative potential for the present, that needs to be scrutinized and clearly explained. In order to fulfill these intentions the project gathers three scholars from different disciplines, philosophy, literary studies and archeology, respectively anchored in phenomenological hermeneutics, post-communist literary studies and critical heritage and memory studies. Hence, the project combines philosophical problems concerning the relation between memory and oblivion with research on literary texts in which the experience of oblivion is narrated in Post-soviet Russia and empirical investigation on official documents produced by the European Union regarding the politics of memory, heritage and identity in the Baltic region.
Publications (10 of 16) Show all publications
Schuback, M. S. (Ed.). (2022). Arte e palavra: experiência de pensamento em ato do Fórum de Ciência e Cultura da UFRJ (1985-1990). Rio de Janeiro: Editora UFRJ
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Arte e palavra: experiência de pensamento em ato do Fórum de Ciência e Cultura da UFRJ (1985-1990)
2022 (Portuguese)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Abstract [pt]

A leitura desse livro, com que Márcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback quis oferecer uma aventura de pensamento e criação ao centenário da UFRJ, teve sobre mim o efeito de uma velocíssima visita a um passado bom. A um tempo melhor, habitado pelo entusiasmo e a esperança. Não é pouca coisa para acarinhar esse nosso tempo de encarceramento e morte. É talvez banal dizer que me propiciou uma viagem no tempo. Mas quando, nessa nossa tortuosa atualidade, as utopias fugiram do horizonte – os horizontes fugiram – e os futuros se insinuam catastróficos e distópicos, às vezes o passado é o tempo da esperança. Foi para lá que viajei. Trabalhamos juntos, Márcia e eu, na gestão do reitor Horácio Macedo (1985-1990). Saíamos da ditadura, ele foi o primeiro reitor eleito pela comunidade acadêmica no Brasil, um renascimento da universidade crítica, cheia de energia vital. Ele me convidou para dirigir o Fórum de Ciência e Cultura, e para essa aventura do pensamento que age foi que trouxe Márcia do seu doutorado no IFCS. E ela fez acontecer. Fizemos juntos. Ombro a ombro, se diz. Pois foi assim: ombro a ombro. O Fórum era um vazio. Vazio institucional, de ideias, de beleza. O que Márcia fez foi povoá-lo, na área da cultura, com inteligência, sons, imagens, corpos em movimento. Excelentes ciclos de conferências, música, teatro, exposições. Arte que pensa, pensamento que se dá a ver no brilho da beleza, que é um dos modos de desencobrimento da Verdade. E o registro dessa ressurreição – na verdade, desse primeiro nascimento – foi pensado na revista Arte e Palavra, que criou e dirigiu. Foram apenas quatro números. Faltava-nos tudo até para esses quatro. Foram feitos. Mais não deu. Mas são até hoje o arquivo múltiplo de uma bela experiência do pensamento que faz, da criação que pensa. A essa experiência é dedicado esse livro. Descreve uma história, fundamenta um projeto, alegra-se com as pessoas que estiveram ao seu lado, que aí continuam, amizades dessas que, como se diz, “fazem-se no trabalho”. É muito mais do que isso, é muito melhor. São pessoas que se criaram juntas, à medida em que iam criando um mundo, que não existia. Criação, poiese, poesia em ato. Isso não é um trabalho apenas, é uma vida. Pode ser um destino. Se for assim – e foi, dou testemunho -, esse projeto, trazido aqui de novo à memória, bem podia desentupir os canais do futuro e reintroduzir esperanças. Redesenhar utopias alegres.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Rio de Janeiro: Editora UFRJ, 2022
National Category
Philosophy
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-51265 (URN)9786588388112 (ISBN)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies
Available from: 2023-04-03 Created: 2023-04-03 Last updated: 2023-04-03Bibliographically approved
Schuback, M. S. (2022). Atrás do pensamento: a filosofia de Clarice Lispector. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Atrás do pensamento: a filosofia de Clarice Lispector
2022 (Portuguese)Book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2022
Keywords
Lispector, Clarice, 1920-1977, Filosofi
National Category
Philosophy
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-51257 (URN)9786584515246 (ISBN)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies
Available from: 2023-03-31 Created: 2023-03-31 Last updated: 2023-03-31Bibliographically approved
Schuback, M. S. (2022). Badly Exhausted. In: Divya Dwivedi (Ed.), Virality of Evil: Philosophy in the Time of a Pandemic. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Badly Exhausted
2022 (English)In: Virality of Evil: Philosophy in the Time of a Pandemic / [ed] Divya Dwivedi, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers , 2022Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The authors of this insightful and urgent collection both use the metaphor of evil as a virus or contagion and conceptualize the COVID-19 virus as a manifestation of evil to reconsider the purpose of philosophy in and for a pandemic.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2022
Keywords
COVID-19 (Disease), Good and evil, Pandemics, Philosophy
National Category
Philosophy
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-51267 (URN)9781538164709 (ISBN)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies
Available from: 2023-04-03 Created: 2023-04-03 Last updated: 2023-04-03Bibliographically approved
Schuback, M. S. (2022). Ex Brasilis: brev från pandemin. Stockholm: Bokförlaget Faethon
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ex Brasilis: brev från pandemin
2022 (Swedish)Book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [sv]

Det är 2020 och pandemi. I Rio de Janeiro sitter Marcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback isolerad. Den koloniala historien tränger sig nu på överallt: en redan enorm ojämlikhet växer sig ännu större, kulturellt liv i alla former motarbetas, nya mordbränder tänds i regnskogarna, ursprungsbefolkning fördrivs. Brasilien blir till ett slags mittpunkt i en stormande värld.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Bokförlaget Faethon, 2022. p. 173
Keywords
Coronapandemin 2019-, Brasilien
National Category
Philosophy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-51259 (URN)9789189113671 (ISBN)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 51/2018
Available from: 2023-03-31 Created: 2023-03-31 Last updated: 2023-06-13Bibliographically approved
Schuback, M. S. (2022). Exil som (en annan) hermeneutisk metod. Divan, 1-2, 56-64
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Exil som (en annan) hermeneutisk metod
2022 (Swedish)In: Divan, ISSN 1101-1408, Vol. 1-2, p. 56-64Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Divan, 2022
National Category
Philosophy
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-51255 (URN)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies
Available from: 2023-03-31 Created: 2023-03-31 Last updated: 2023-04-03Bibliographically approved
Hegardt, J. & Schuback, M. S. (2022). Kulturarv: En begreppspolitik (1ed.). Huddinge: Södertörns högskola
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Kulturarv: En begreppspolitik
2022 (Swedish)Book (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

Under det senaste decenniet har begreppet ”kulturarv” tagit en allt större plats i den offentliga debatten. Samtidigt är kulturarv ett märkligt begrepp, som antyder att kultur kan ärvas som om det vore ett ting och att det därmed finns en sorts arvs-kultur. 

Den här boken handlar om kulturarv, men den handlar inte om kulturarvets eventuella fördelar inom minnes- och identitetspolitik. Inte heller är boken tänkt som en kritik mot hur kulturarv kommer till användning i praktiken. 

Vad som orienterar föreliggande reflektioner är snarare frågan vad ett arv är, vad en kultur är och vad en arvs-kultur kan tänkas vara samt vilka värden och värderingar ett sådant arv förutsätter?

Boken tar sin utgångspunkt i dessa frågor samt i ett pågående samtal mellan Marcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback, professor i filosofi och Johan Hegardt, som är docent i arkeologi.

Ett särskilt förord har skrivits av Irina Sandomirskaja, professor i Cultural Studies.

Bokens bilder är tagna av Esther Shalev-Gerz och Jochen Gerz och föreställer deras konstverk Monument against fascism.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Huddinge: Södertörns högskola, 2022. p. 124 Edition: 1
Series
Södertörn Philosophical Studies, ISSN 1651-6834 ; 32
National Category
Philosophy
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-49782 (URN)978-91-89504-02-8 (ISBN)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 11/2016
Available from: 2022-09-01 Created: 2022-09-01 Last updated: 2023-04-04Bibliographically approved
Schuback, M. S. (2022). Sobre o axé da arkhé. In: Zilda Martins, Marcello Gabbay (Ed.), Muniz Sodré: uma escola disruptiva (pp. 325-335). Rio de Janeiro: MAUAD X
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Sobre o axé da arkhé
2022 (Portuguese)In: Muniz Sodré: uma escola disruptiva / [ed] Zilda Martins, Marcello Gabbay, Rio de Janeiro: MAUAD X , 2022, p. 325-335Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [pt]

Muniz Sodré: uma escola disruptiva é afeto, homenagem, reconhecimento. Mas é também Filosofia, Comunicação, Antropologia e Cultura. O objetivo do livro é oferecer um múltiplo olhar sobre Muniz Sodré, o pensador natural, como diz Gilberto Gil. Além de ser considerado pelos pares como o maior teórico da Comunicação no Brasil, aquele que enxerga o comum para além da racionalidade ocidental, Sodré chega aos 80 anos propondo uma nova epistemologia. Defende a ciência como ponte por onde os atores sociais possam passar, trocar, construir e incorporar conhecimento em ampla dimensão, desde saberes ancestrais até as mais novas descobertas tecnológicas

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Rio de Janeiro: MAUAD X, 2022
National Category
Philosophy
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-51268 (URN)9786553770553 (ISBN)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies
Available from: 2023-04-03 Created: 2023-04-03 Last updated: 2023-04-03Bibliographically approved
Schuback, M. S. (2022). The fascism of ambiguity: a conceptual essay. London: Bloomsbury Academic
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The fascism of ambiguity: a conceptual essay
2022 (English)Book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

"This book contributes to the work of elucidating the new forms of fascism and authoritarianism that arise today in intimate relation with new mediatic and information technologies. It presents elements of the connection between capitalism and fascism and makes clear how fascism today uses the ambiguity of senses and meanings as its most efficient way of infiltrating our reality and thereby becoming unequivocal. The fascism of ambiguity is a fascism that grows the more the ambiguities and paradoxical dimensions of the contemporary situation become explicit. It departs from some lessons of history regarding both historical fascism and some of the main critical lines and thoughts produced in the beginning of the 20th Century. It shows what is new in today's form of fascism, discussing its connection to techno-mediatic capitalism, to the dynamics of emptying meanings and senses through a technique of rendering them ambiguous and exacerbated. It outlines some guiding thoughts regarding the question of ambiguity and metapolitics today and concludes by proposing two exercises of precision, through the lenses of poetry and music, as a way to resist and counter-act the fascist metapolitics of the ambiguity of meanings and senses"--

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2022
Keywords
Fascism-- teori, filosofi, Tvetydighet-- politiska aspekter
National Category
Philosophy
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-51258 (URN)9781350268616 (ISBN)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies
Note

Foreword / by Jean-Luc Nancy -- Preface -- 1. Lessons From History: Mussolini's Fascism -- 2. Lessons From Critique: Some Elements for a Critique of Historical Fascism -- 3. Neofascism: Pasolini's Cine-Poetic Vision -- 4. The Fascism Of Ambiguity -- 5. The Ambiguity Of Sense -- 6. Metapolitics -- 7. Precision Exercise I: The Precision Of Poetry: Orides Fontela -- 8. Precision Exercise II: Towards Listening to the Ligatures of the Present -- 9. By Way of Conclusion.

Available from: 2023-03-31 Created: 2023-03-31 Last updated: 2023-03-31Bibliographically approved
Schuback, M. S. (2022). The Philosophical Question of Community in the Light of Cosmologic Difference Some Notes on Eugen Fink. Phainomena, 31(122-123), 187-208
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Philosophical Question of Community in the Light of Cosmologic Difference Some Notes on Eugen Fink
2022 (English)In: Phainomena, ISSN 1318-3362, Vol. 31, no 122-123, p. 187-208Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The present article discusses some theses by Eugen Fink on the philosophical question of community in the light of the cosmic sense of the world and the cosmologic difference. Fink centers his thoughts on community in the experience of cosmic belonging and proposes a basis for thinking the question of community beyond the dialectics of individual and bond, searching for a pre-individual notion of togetherness. The key for such a notion is the erotic body as the experience of a belonging-together of the day and the night of being. It is from the belonging-together of a diurnal and a nocturnal principle of understanding that the cosmic sense of the world emerges as cosmic difference in the erotic body. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Zalozba Nova Revija, 2022
Keywords
community, cosmological difference, dialectics of individual and bond, Renaud Barbaras, world
National Category
Philosophy
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-50392 (URN)10.32022/PHI31.2022.122-123.9 (DOI)000965933200009 ()2-s2.0-85143497084 (Scopus ID)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies
Available from: 2022-12-16 Created: 2022-12-16 Last updated: 2024-05-20Bibliographically approved
Schuback, M. S. (2022). The Rose of the People. Philosophy World Democracy
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Rose of the People
2022 (English)In: Philosophy World DemocracyArticle in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

This article discusses the meaning of “people” today at the moment of emergence of new forms of fascism and populisms. The main thesis is that we are facing rather the disappearance of the people precisely when its meaning becomes more and more empty the more it is performed and spectacularized as “the” people or “a” people. The voiding of the people entails not merely the emptying of its meaning once “people” become public and audience, once they have been converted into the numbers and statistics of population censuses, reduced to an avatar and a simulacrum. Rather, the people has a face, indeed it is comprised of millions of faces; the faces of the rest of the people, the leftovers, the remainders. I would like, then, to propose a change of focus in how we tackle today’s political questions. Instead of insisting on the question of the people, or of a people, or even of people, I will look at the faceless faces of the many who, since Greek antiquity, were called oclos, ochlos, the populace, the Pöbel – the rabble. For that I will let myself be guided by the poem “The Rose of the People” by the Brazilian poet Carlos Drummond de Andrade.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
PWD, 2022
National Category
Philosophy
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-51266 (URN)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies
Available from: 2023-04-03 Created: 2023-04-03 Last updated: 2023-04-03Bibliographically approved
Principal InvestigatorSchuback, Marcia Sá Cavalcante
Co-InvestigatorHegardt, Johan
Co-InvestigatorLane, Tora
Coordinating organisation
Södertörn University
Funder
Period
2019-01-01 - 2021-12-31
Keywords [sv]
Östersjö- och Östeuropaforskning
Keywords [en]
Baltic and East European studies
National Category
PhilosophySpecific Literatures
Identifiers
DiVA, id: project:2056Project, id: 51/2018_OSS

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